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New “Military Reunion” Video Of Soldier/Family Homecomings Is A Must See For All Americans

August 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I watched an incredible video this morning, “Military Reunion,” which is a compilation of homecomings with soldiers and with their loved ones. All Americans should see this as it underscores the sacrifice of military families. The scenes with kids seeing their parent after months away are amazing. I urge you to watch the 10-minute piece [...]

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Tags: Media

What The Movie “Grease 2″ & The TV Sitcom “Happy Days” Can Teach Us About Improving Citizen Preparedness Now

August 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

My daughter Rebecca had the terrific idea for this post. We were watching the movie “Grease 2″ together this past weekend, and there was a scene involving a bomb shelter. Rebecca suggested I should mention it on my blog. It turns out that both this sequel to “Grease” from 1982, and the popular 1970’s tv [...]

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Tags: Media

On ADA’s 20th Anniversary Today, Fugate Asks (& Answers) “Are Disabled Still At Risk In Disasters?”

July 26th, 2010 · No Comments

To mark today’s 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), FEMA Administrator shot a short video and wrote an article for “Are Disabled Still At Risk In Disasters,” focusing on disabled preparedness which has been a priority of his tenure.

The video urges emergency managers to continue to better integrate the disabled into [...]

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Tags: Disabled Preparedness

FEMA Top Geek Fugate Shows & Tells, Via YouTube, How Disaster Survivors Can Now Apply For Aid On Their Smart Phones

July 19th, 2010 · No Comments

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate released a short video today promoting — and demonstrating – how disaster survivors for the first time can apply for government assistance with their smart phones through the agency’s mobile site,
Throughout his tenure, Fugate has been a major advocate of personal technology (particularly smart phones) as a disaster preparedness and response tool [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness 2.0

FEMA, NOAA, Red Cross Offer Social Media Menu Of Tools For Public During Hurricane Season

June 17th, 2010 · No Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and the American Red Cross have produced a menu with their various social media tools (including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and widgets) for the public to use/bookmark during hurricane season. It can be found on FEMA’s website here. You can also receive e-mail and text alerts [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness 2.0

On YouTube’s 5th Anniversary, Thank You From A Technology-Challenged Blogger

May 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Yesterday was YouTube’s 5th Anniversary, and I wanted to express my appreciation to the site for making it so easy for even a technology neophyte like myself to use.
Shooting with the equally user friendly Flip camera and then posting my (often shaky camera work) to YouTube, I have been able to utilize a lot of [...]

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Tags: "What Should We Tell The Public?" · Preparedness 2.0

‘Rap Doctor’ Credits Twitter, Other Social Media For Helping Him Win Flu.Gov Video H1N1 PSA Contest; Will Donate $2500 Prize To Shriners Hospital

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

In an interview this week, the winner of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) H1N1 Flu Preparedness PSA Contest, Dr. Jon Clarke, says support on Twitter and other social media was crucial to him getting the highest number of votes. “H1N1 Rap By Dr Clarke.” was chosen from among the 10 finalists on YouTube [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness 2.0

“H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke” Wins HHS Citizen Flu Prevention PSA Contest; Video From “Hip Hop Doctor” Will Get National Play

September 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this morning that “H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke” by Dr. John Clarke of Baldwin, New York is the winner of the Flu.Gov PSA contest. “H1N1 Rap” was chosen by the public from among 10 finalists with more than 50,000 votes cast. Dr. Clarke’s video was ‘endorsed’ by this blog and was [...]

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Tags: Contests · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Advertising

With Voting Ending Tonight, Some ‘Endorsements’ In #H1N1 Flu.Gov Citizen Video PSA Election

September 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As today is the last day that you can vote in the U.S. Health and Human Services’ H1N1 Flu Prevention PSA contest on Flu.Gov, I thought I would ask some folks from the worlds of social media, public health and/or emergency preparedness for their top pick from the 10 worthy finalists.
Among those I surveyed, the most [...]

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Tags: Contests · Pandemic Flu

#H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke Is This Blog’s Pick In HHS/YouTube #Flu PSA Contest; You Can Vote From Among 10 Worthy Finalists (And Watch All 242 Eclectic Entries) At Flu.Gov

September 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The 10 finalists for the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) YouTube Flu Prevention PSA contest have been announced and posted on Flu.Gov. You can now vote here through September 16th for the winner who will receive a $2500 prize (and whose PSA will be featured on national television).
The finalists are all good and their entries [...]

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Tags: Humor · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Ideas · Preparedness Tips · Risk Communications